Open to: citizens of either Poland, The Czech Republic or Serbia
Benefits: get access to the opportunities for personal and professional development in a friendly and supportive environment
Wellbeing in Europe is a global community, project and event about how each and every citizen in Europe is finding ways to be healthy and prosper.
They invite you to set up a local event in your town that will take place in November 2019. This event is part of a global festival that brings together the members of Edgeryders, a network of 5000 individuals and organisations who do inspiring work work to tack social, economic, environmental and political problems in over 80 countries.
The event follows a specific methodology that we have designed to generate opportunities for learning, skill development and paid work both for the organisers as well as the participants. Each event involves a preparatory phase in which people from diverse backgrounds share and discuss their experiences on their online forum.
They use this methodology for two reasons.
- In a polarised social and political environment, dialogue is seldom happening between people who have different perspectives. They feel it is important to overcome these barriers.
- The second is to ensure that their findings from the academic research project which is financing this fellowship program is based on the lived reality and perspectives of people from many different walks of life.
Local Connectors are the highly active members that put their mission into action day by day: building a pan European movement of citizens who share ways to be healthy and prosper in Europe. They are community leaders who engage other people to join Wellbeing in Europe. They participate in the co-creation of the Festival and take part in decision-making processes. Local connectors mostly engage on one or several of the following:
- Organise a local event as part of a global festival : host a number of online virtual cafes and one physical event to reach new people who will become participants in the conversation.
- Actively mobilise their network and local community (in a city, region or country) to come to the virtual cafes and the physical event in order to involve them in sharing their stories with peers in different parts of the country and Europe.
- Provide documentation: ensure sessions and discussions are thoroughly reported back on the platform and feed into the global conversation
By becoming a local connector you get access to the opportunities for personal and professional development in a friendly and supportive environment. As well as a budget to cover the costs involved in setting up and driving the event.
Edgeryders has 6 fellowships to offer for people who know one or more of these three languages: Polish, Serbian, Croatian or Czech.
They will consider individuals who demonstrate interest in Wellbeing in Europe and alignment with their intentions in the folllowing ways (each item will receive a score from 0 the minimum, to 5 the maximum, which will be summed to define the final score used to choose the winners):
- are registered on edgeryders.eu and have introduced themselves in the Wellbeing in Europe online community forum 1.
- are empathetic, curious and able to engage people from different walks of life in an authentic, constructive and respectful discussion about important topics.
- demonstrate willingness to collaborate with others and use online tools such as video chats for communication, engagement, documentation of work.
- Live in either Poland, The Czech Republic or Serbia.
You will be working closely with the Edgeryders team to build the Wellbeing in Europe community conversation and together with it’s members, put together the program for this year’s edition of the annual Edgeryders Festival which gathers their global community. These festivals are much appreciated and they think you will find this experience rewarding and enjoyable.
You could get a 200 EUR reward for the article that you have contributed as part of the application process. More information about this here: http://bit.ly/2LbQvyD
How to apply?
- Create an account on edgeryders.eu 1
- Pick one of their thematic topics, click on it and follow the instructions you find there: Health and social care services, Work and Prosperity or Spirituality and Moral wellbeing 2.
- Then find one other person, ideally someone who is not used to using internet forums.
- Interview them so that you get “deeper” answers to the same questions you answered. Make sure to record or transcribe the interview.
- Help them to produce a good article presenting what they said during your interview with them. A good way to do this is to give them the transcript of the conversation so that they can edit it till they are happy with its contents.
- Guide them through the process of creating an account and posting their article in the right place.and have the interviewee post it here 1.
- Leave a comment on their article, sharing your own thoughts on the conversation you had so that they know you were the one who brought in the new person.
Once you are done use #edgeryders to draw their attention to your comments, story and proposal for the program. This will encourage others to get in touch and build support for your work!
For more information, please visit the official web page.